Joel Pharous, popularly known by his stage name ‘Prince Jp’, is a 23-year-old singing sensation and a talented songwriter. Born December 30, Joel grew up in West Ruimveldt but later moved to Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara. His singing career started when he joined the West Ruimveldt School choir at the age of 10. He received much inspiration from the choir leader, Wilfred Success, who pushed him in developing his singing talent. At the age of 18, Joel began singing with a band but was not very serious as to whether it was something he wanted to pursue. However, after singing for some years and realizing it was his passion to entertain, Joel joined the Shakti Strings Orchestra band. At that time he entered the GT&T Jingle and Song Competition and placed second. This encouraged Joel to develop evermore his singing flair. His famous original songs include the ‘BBM’ song, a reply to chutney singer Sally Sagram’s ‘Go So Nah’, and ‘Sally Wine Fuh Me’. Soon Joel hopes to release two new hot hits, ‘Why You Blaming Me’ and ‘Bind Right Ova’. He plans on entering both the soca and chutney competitions next year with the aim to be the next chutney king. The artiste aims to contribute his talents in promoting local music and build a much needed appreciation for it. Joel told this publication that with support from his fans, friends and family he will definitely succeed in the music industry.